2 Questions to Answer When You Suspect Cloud IaaS Has Stopped Making Financial Sense

Kenneth Johnson Accounting Firms, All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Case Studies, Cloud Technology, Law Firms, Professional Firms

Today I came across an old article by Cade Metz on Wired from 2013 chronicling the experience of some well-known start-ups on the public cloud. The companies highlighted, which included Uber, Zynga, MemSQL and others, had started on Amazon Web Services only to find that, as their business scaled, their AWS bills grew to such a size that self-managed infrastructure …

5 Capabilities of a Private Cloud That Every Firm Should Focus On

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Law Firms, Security & Compliance

The terms Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and Public Cloud are by now very familiar to all of us. We have often heard CTOs of the global enterprise speak in suspicious terms of public cloud and the security thereof, extolling the virtue of their home-built private clouds. But now we see in some recent data the growth of ”private clouds” stagnating …

Public Cloud Adoption Rates Skyrocket

Ronda Peoples Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Newsroom

RightScale, Inc.’s, 2015 “State of the Cloud” Report reveals that public cloud adoption is on the rise, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure leading the pack. RightScale surveyed over 900 IT professionals working in companies in a range of sizes and in a variety of industries. Here are some of the key findings from the study: 93% of …

New Elastic Load Balancer Checks for Trusted Advisor

Lee Hylton All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Newsroom

Amazon Web Services announced four new checks to the Trusted Advisor tool in the Management Console. The Trusted Advisor allows an administrator or IAM user with the correct permission to run a series of checks for security, economy and fault tolerance across a wide variety of resources within an AWS account. This latest set of checks focus on Elastic Load …

Control Your Data Security: The Shared Responsibility Model

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Law Firms, Professional Firms

If your firm is serious about data security and you want to move to cloud IaaS, AWS offers the most control.  But with control comes responsibility.  While AWS ensures the security OF the cloud, you must ensure your security IN the cloud.  Get a good summary of how it works with this great AWS video on the Shared Responsibility Security …

AWS Managed Policies

Amazon Web Service releases new IAM managed policy tool

Lee Hylton All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Featured, Newsroom

Amazon Web Services (AWS) released a new managed policy tool for IAM users in the management console.  This new tool allows an administrator to select from pre-built policy templates, easily applying the desired  permission set to IAM objects. This represents a vast improvement over the older JSON code driven templates that existed before.  An administrator can use this tool to add …

Workmail, Workdocs and Workspaces: AWS Moves Further Up The Stack

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Law Firms, Professional Firms, Uncategorized

Yesterday AWS announced the preview of Workmail, an Outlook-compatible email and calendaring service priced at $4 per mailbox and scheduled to launch in 2Q 2015. When the news broke, most of the talk was AWS was becoming distracted by the success of Office 365 and embarking on an impossible bid to unseat Microsoft Office 365. But when you dig a …

AWS Introduces Workmail Preview

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, High Performance Applications, Newsroom

Today AWS introduced the preview of Workmail, a fully Outlook compatible email and calendaring service accessible from anywhere and priced at $4 per user per month.  Combined with workspaces could it give Office 365 a run for its money? Stay tuned as we test for comparison of features and performance.

The IaaS Provider With Highest Up Time: The Other Half Of The Story

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Featured, Microsoft Azure

Brandon Butler of Network World is one of my favorite bloggers on cloud topics. His post comparing up time of the major cloud providers in 2014, highlights the CloudHarmony statistics comparing nearly every major provider.  He gives a great non-biased presentation of the numbers, which speak for themselves. CloudHarmony maintains a single web server in each region or availability zone …

Are Cloud Desktops Here to Stay?

Kenneth Johnson Accounting Firms, All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Law Firms, Professional Firms, Uncategorized

Certainly the most popular product requested by our clients are desktops in the cloud.   Law firms and other companies that have distributed workforces or the need to work “on the go” love the convenience of remote desktop access.  While Blue Sentry offers a high performance and economical cloud desktop that can even be HIPAA compliant if necessary, there are many …